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Giving and Collecting Rare Children’s Books: 20th Century

The previous post featured classic children’s books from the 19th century by Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Carlo Collodi, and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Now we turn to the 20th century.
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“’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS…”: PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY CLEMENT MOORE, OF THE RARE FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF HIS POEMS, FEATURING THE FIRST APPEARANCE IN A BOOK BY HIM OF “A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS”

MOORE, Clement C. Poems. New York, 1844.

Rare first edition, presentation copy, of the volume containing the first appearance in a book by Moore of his immortal poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas(pages 124-27), inscribed by Moore on the half title, “Mr. Miller, from the author. Dec. 1849. $15,000.


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SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF SENDAK’S ILLUSTRATED NUTCRACKER, WITH ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPH SIGNED BY SENDAK

HOFFMAN, E.T.A. The Nutcracker. New York, 1984. Deluxe limited first edition, number 217 of only 250 copies signed by Sendak, with ten double-page full-color illustrations and numerous other color illustrations after watercolors by Sendak, and a mounted lithograph numbered and signed by Sendak. $2500.


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“SOMETIMES, OH, GOD, I THINK YOUR MOTHER AND I, THE BOTH OF US, WE OUGHT TO KILL OURSELVES TO HAVE LET THIS HAPPEN—”

CAPOTE, Truman. One Christmas. New York, 1983.

First trade edition, advance review copy, signed on the title page by Truman Capote. $1500.


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